Thursday, July 28, 2005

New York Times article: "Boos at Bayreuth"

The following article appeared in the New York Times. It gives a brief impression of opening night of the 2005 Bayreuth Festival.

Boos at Bayreuth

Boos, jeers and whistles greeted the 94th Bayreuth Festival's new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday. Described as a cold and clinically intellectual interpretation, the performance, which opened the festival in Germany on Monday, starred Robert Dean Smith and Nina Stemme as Tristan and Isolde. It was staged by the Swiss director Christoph Marthaler in his Bayreuth debut and conducted by Eiji Oue, the first Asian to conduct in the Festspielhaus, the Bayreuth Festival Theater. At the end, Mr. Oue kissed the floorboards in a gesture of reverence to Wagner, who conceived the event. To be performed through Aug. 28, all 30 performances of five Wagner operas, including Lohengrin, The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser and Parsifal, are sold out.

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